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Cambridge Global Challenges


The British Council, in partnership with the Departments of Science and Technology (DST) and Biotechnology (DBT), invites applications for funding support for short-term placements in United Kingdom (UK) and Indian institutions between March to October 2019

The placement offer provides funding to Indian and UK PhD scholars for a period of 2 to 4 months of their research at any UK or Indian higher education institution. 


The programme further aims to:

  • provide individual professional development through international training and development opportunities
  • increase the number of highly trained researchers in the UK and India with international experience, able to contribute to the absorptive capacity for research and innovation and thus bring about economic and social benefits
  • develop international joint training pathways
  • increase awareness of the research strengths of the UK and India


UK nationals:  scholars pursuing their PhD at a UK higher education institution. Please see a list of eligible institutions under the downloads section. 

Indian nationalsThe scheme is open only for Indian scholars enrolled at Indian higher education institution engaged in STEM and Life Sciences research. Specific criteria apply, please check the call guidelines.

Level of support

  • visa fee
  • economy class international airfares (from and to country of residence)
  • overseas medical insurance incurred by applicants
  • in-country costs including accommodation (as per details provided in call guidelines)
  • a stipend paid monthly
  • bench fees (if applied for) by UK host University


For full details please see the British Council/ Newton-Bhabha-Fund web page for this call.



Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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